Modern ladylike elegance dominates London's catwalks

Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:57am EDT
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By Li-mei Hoang

LONDON (Reuters) - Designers applied a more subtle approach to their latest collections on day three of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the use of clean crisp lines, sharp tailoring and bold pops of color.

Printed silks, crisp cottons and embellished detailing appeared on the runways, indicating a move towards simple but modern elegance for the spring/summer 2013 collections.

Christopher Raeburn, Nicole Farhi and Margaret Howell opened the day with different shades of white which drew inspiration from marble quarries and 1950s escape maps.

Silky trench coats, structured day dresses and elegant separates made up the collection of Nicole Farhi, whose designs were inspired by the quarries of Carrara in Tuscany.

"The coloring comes from the marble mountain that you see at different times of the day. So you start with white, then greyishness and then at dawn, you get that pinky feeling," Farhi said.

Her collection featured crisp chalky whites, pale slate greys, tints of honey and almond, and faded washes of peachy sienna. Farhi said she wanted all her pieces to be structured, which is seen in the stiffness of the fabric, the origami folds of the dresses and pleated detailing.

Thin lines of beads were used to embellish, providing a twist upon a simple summer dress. Skirts with leather strips and slouchy knitted jumpers also made up the collection.

The ladylike trend continued at Temperley London, where organza, chiffon and silk dresses were tailored and adorned with intricate beading, delicate embroidery and lace cut-outs.   Continued...

Models present creations from Jonathan Saunders Spring/Summer 2013 collection at London Fashion Week September 16, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris